What’s new with Cortana?

Applies to: Cortana

Cortana is your personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, helping you achieve more with less effort so you can focus on what matters. Here’s a look at all of Cortana’s latest features.

Cortana in Windows

Rendering of Cortana in Windows

With the latest update to Windows 10, you now have access to a new Cortana experience that offers an emphasis on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365. Cortana in Windows 10 features a chat-based UI that gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using your voice or the keyboard.

Cortana in Windows will assist you in better managing your schedule and tasks. You can speak or type requests to check your calendar, set a reminder, or add to your lists in Microsoft To Do. And you can look up local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance information with Bing search.

To learn more about what you can do with Cortana in Windows, see our support topic.

Play My Emails in Outlook mobile

Rendering of Play My Emails in Outlook mobile

Cortana can help you stay on top of what’s new in your inbox with Play My Emails in Outlook mobile. This feature is available today on iOS devices, with Android coming soon. With an intelligent read out of your emails, natural language interaction with Cortana and a user interface designed for people on the move, you can stay organized and get time back in your day.

The new user experience is optimized for people on the move, and works best when you’re connected to an audio device, such as Bluetooth-enabled wireless or wired headphones, or your car audio system. Play My Emails has a simplified user experience with large visual assets and touch targets that provide context about your emails at a glance. You can use one finger to swipe to the next message or act on a message, or use voice commands for touch-free email triage. You can choose either a masculine or feminine voice for the email readout.

To learn more about what you can do with Play My Emails, see our support topic.

Briefing email

Rendering of Cortana Briefing email

Cortana can help you keep your day on track with a personalized email in Outlook that contains information on upcoming meetings and outstanding tasks. Within the first two hours of your workday (as set up in Outlook) you’ll get an email with relevant items that will help you plan for the day ahead.

The Briefing email includes commitments, requests, and follow-up items that you’ve discussed with our collaborators in email, as well as links to documents related to the meetings on your calendar. It will also suggest focus time by looking for blocks of time on your calendar when you may be able to get independent work done.

To learn more about what you can do with the Briefing email, see our support topic.


Rendering of Cortana Scheduler

A new service from Cortana helps you save the time and hassle of coordinating meetings by handing off scheduling to Cortana. To use Scheduler, you copy Cortana in an email with other people and ask to schedule a meeting. Cortana handles all the back-and-forth emails to find a time when everyone can meet and then sends out an invite on your behalf.

Cortana communicates with your contacts by email to provide a natural, almost human, scheduling experience. Scheduler works with your Office 365, Outlook.com, or Google calendar. Cortana, using Scheduler, knows your meeting preferences and uses them to find the best times.

To learn more about how to use Scheduler, see the Scheduler FAQ.

Privacy protection

Cortana is designed to protect your privacy. It meets Office 365’s enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises, processing data safely and securely to fulfill your requests.

Learn more about how Cortana handles your data.